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3g alternatives in USA

Posted on 2012-03-27
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if i need internet access for 10 days on the road, what are the best options and who offers them? (i believe at&t has 3g cards, but i was not wanting a cellular commitment, and hence looking for more options)
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You have PrePaid options. If you were looking for just the CellPhone:

http://www.tracfone.com/

GoPhone Att:

http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/go-phones/index.jsp#fbid=WIhOQL1_mSE

T_Mobile 50$ Unlimited EVERYTHING No contract

http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/
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Generally, if you don't want to sign a 1 or 2 year contract with the provider, you just have to pay full price for the adapter... then you pay month-to-month and when you're done, cancel the service.
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sorry- i should clarify.. i do not need cell service.. only wi-fi..
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3G is not WiFi.

Maybe you should request this message be deleted and try again?
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>>3G is not WiFi.


OK.. then what options do we have for getting internet on the laptop when travelling on the road..
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3G is what you want (or 4G) Of course coverage areas apply.
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As I said originally, ALL of the providers offer month-to-month service - you just have to pay full price for the adapter. They only subsidize the devices (phones or 3G/4G adapters) if you sign up for a 1 or 2 year deal.

Of course the salespeople at the kiosks/stores aren't going to tell you that, because they make a lot more on the contracts than they make selling you a device. They'll try to convince you to sign a contract every time.

The adapters aren't that expensive (compared to, say, an iPhone). But you'll be surprised how fast you go through 2GB or 5GB of data if you have more than 1 person using the connection.
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thanks..
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